Derry over-reliant on Bradley - claims Campbell

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FORMER STEELSTOWN Brian Ogs manager and ex-Donegal star, Paddy Campbell has predicted victory for his home county in tomorrow’s Allianz National League division two clash, providing the Tir Chonnaill men can ‘put the shackles’ on Derry forward, Paddy Bradley.

The former Donegal defender, who recently had to step down from his role at Steelstown due to family commitments, feels that Jim McGuinness’ troops will prove too strong for the ‘Oak Leafers’ and he is in no doubt that they will leave Celtic Park tomorrow with two vital points.

“I haven’t got to any the Donegal games yet this season, but from what I have seen on television and going on reports they are playing very well and have been showing great form,” said Campbell.

“Jim (McGuinness) has them going really well and he is doing a fantastic job and to be honest I can’t see Derry beating them,” he insisted.

“I have been to a few Derry games and they still seem to have an over reliance on Paddy Bradley. They will play a very defensive game, something like Donegal, but the big difference is that Paddy Bradley is their only real scoring threat while Donegal have a few more options.

“Michael Murphy is the big threat up front, while Colm McFadden, the Brick (Dermot Molloy) can also score and then you have Ryan Bradley, who is going well, and you can always rely on Rory Kavanagh to chip in with a point or two.

“Overall Donegal are playing well and Jim has them in great shape. I know some people in the county have been giving out about the system they have been playing but it is very effective and they are getting the results.

“And besides it is no different to the system that Tyrone have been playing for years and Justin McNulty is employing in Laois and we don’t hear anybody giving out about either Mickey Harte or Justin McNulty and the football their teams are playing.

“Jim is doing a brilliant job and everybody should get behind him. He is very dedicated and a professional to his fingertips and I know from playing with Jim and from his time training and coaching us in Glenties he will leave no stone unturned when it comes to preparing teams.

“From what I hear, he has Donegal in great shape and they are flying fit and given the way they’re playing if they can put the shackles on Paddy Bradley, realistically I can’t see anything other than a Donegal win,” he concluded.